Piano, Organ, and Keyboard/Advise on Monarch Piano


We rescued a piano - Monarch upright (54" tall / 27" from back to front of Keyboard). Serial #74290. Previous owner was going to haul to a burn pile. The piano plays wonderful and has minor scuffs but in overall "Good Condition" we moved it from Minnesota to Western SD and now sits in our garage.
Questions: How old is it?
Do you have any idea how much it weighs?
What would you do to make the exterior look like the jewel that it is?

Hi Tom,

Your Monarch upright was manufactured in 1913. Monarch was a Baldwin Piano Company product and was discontinued in 1924. Full uprights can weigh between 600 and 700 pounds.

Refinishing is an expensive proposition costing between $3000-$4000 in many cases. The value of the instrument after the work is done will be only a fraction of what you paid, so this will not be a financial investment, only a sentimental one. I am not a finisher so I can't advise you on how to do the work yourself. You may want to ask a volunteer with expertise in this field.

Your tuner-technician can best advise you on your next steps (i.e. referral for a finisher) after servicing and assessing the condition of the instrument. If you need a referral, contact the Piano Technicians Guild (www.ptg.org). Good luck.

Sam Noel

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I am a contracted piano technician for Steinway and Sons in New York handling warranty issues, prepping pianos for the showroom and delivery; I also serve the City University of NY as a piano technician. I am also self-employed in New York. I apprenticed (Manhattan School of Music)in 1982 and was factory (Steinway) trained in 1983. I have experience tuning, repairing, reconditioning, and appraisals. Please note that appraising an instrument involves a visual inspection and knowledge of the local market area. I am not an expert in player mechanisms, refinishing, electronic keyboards, midi, nor organs. I love the work of making an instrument sound concert quality.


I successfully apprenticed at the Manhattan School of Music under Alan Buchman and Peter Favant in 1982 (also received B.A. in music from same school) and employed by Steinway and Sons in 1983 as a tuner-technician. I also served as service manager for Steinway. Presently, I service pianos for CUNY and I handle warranty issues and tunings for Steinway.

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Manhattan School of Music, BA; American Management Association certificate (Steinway and Sons); Queens College, CUNY, MA

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